The Handmaid's Tale EP on why no one ever really escapes Gilead

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Jan 19, 2018, 4:42 PM EST (Updated)

Season 2 of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale is almost here. May the Lord open. And while we'll be taking a visit to the colonies and seeing more of life outside of Gilead, executive producer Bruce Miller reminds us that escaping that world means more than just physically making it out.

From the beginning of where we entered the world of The Handmaid's Tale, June (Elisabeth Moss) and the rest of the Handmaids like Moira (Samira Wiley) have been trying to escape the life of oppression and terror that comes with being a Handmaid in Gilead. But what will life be like once they're all free? EP Bruce Miller told EW that escape doesn't necessarily mean freedom, because "Gilead is within you." This will become even more evident in Season 2 when it comes to Moira's life post-Handmaid in Canada.

"The story is that her body is out, and how long is it going to take her to build a semblance of self, and not to recover, but start to move past what happened to her in Gilead," Miller said. "And for everybody around her, like Luke and everybody else, they’re looking at her and saying, ‘God, how difficult this journey is, what’s going to happen if I ever see June again, is she going to be this broken?’”

It's safe to assume in the upcoming season June will continue her quest to escape Gilead and break down the society as a whole. But the trauma experienced by the women of The Handmaid's Tale and their families won't be erased the moment they cross the border. Their journey to equality and freedom is just getting started.

Season 2 of The Handmaid's Tale premieres April 25 on Hulu.

(via EW)

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